Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella roborella

Stigmella roborella (Johansson, 1971)

common oak pigmy

on Quercus

Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, Russia, Sergiev Posad district, Zolotilovo village, 8.x.2022 © Andrey Ponomarev

Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur

mine with larva

Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur

larva, dorsal

Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur


Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur


Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur

adult, dorsal

Stigmella roborella on Quercus robur


Stigmella roborella mine

Quercus robur, Vlaardingen


Egg at he upper- or underside. The mine is a long, slender, not very contorted corridor. In the first part the frass lies in a very narrow line; later the frass may in rare cases lie more widely scattered, but nowhere does it take more than 1/3 of the width of the gallery.

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus castaneifolia, cerris, petraea, pubescens, roburm, rubra.


Larvae in early July and late-September – early-October (Johansson ao, 1990a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except Ireland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Yellow, head light brown (Huisman ao, 2001; Johansson ao, 1990a), The light coloured head distinguishes the larva from the one of S. atricapitella.


Contrary to Johansson ao (1990a), Borkowski (1972b) states that oviposition is at the upperside of the leaf.


Anisimovas, Diškus & Stonis (2006a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1972b), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Černý (2001a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1983a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Huemer (2012a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Johansson (1971a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka Laštuvka (1997a, 1998a, 2014a), Laštůvka, Laštůvka, Liška ao (1992a), Lepiforum (2024), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken & Johansson (2003a), van Nieukerken, Laštuvka & Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), De Prins (1998a, 2007a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Pröse (1995a), Robbins (1991a), Sefrová (2005a), Skorb, Diškus & Stonis (0000a), Steuer (1995a), Stolnicu (2007a), Stonis, Navickaitė, Rocienė ao (2013a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Ureche (2010a).

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